Entries by Karen Pery

On “overachieving”

This is a snippet of a conversation I had with a client a few months ago. See how much of this feels true for you. X feels out of control, so instead of telling yourself, “Wow, X feels out of control” and acknowledging how powerless you feel right now, you’re trying to get everything right, […]

Leadership Philosophy

It’s time we begin to tell a new story about leadership, starting right here, right now. You are a leader. All the time. No matter what. Does that feel like a lot of responsibility? It should…and you can relax because you are already leading no matter what you do. Simply by being you have an […]

The #1 Most Important Question You Can Ask Yourself

One Friday morning, I was driving up Topanga Canyon to a routine doctor’s appointment while pregnant with our son Jake — but my mind was already at my desk in Santa Monica. I was rehearsing difficult conversations I needed to have about time sensitive projects that weren’t going as planned. I didn’t notice the car […]

Advice to Aspiring Authors

Now that I have written and published a book, at least once a week I get to talk with an aspiring author or storyteller about the process, my process. I love to speak from the place of yes, this dream came true for me and yes, it can come true for you. I used to […]

The Time I Almost Didn’t See Hamilton on Broadway

(Rewind) Spring 2016: Hamilton? That Broadway musical phenomenon about the first Secretary of the Treasury? Yeah, I guess I’ve heard of it. Summer 2016: We sing along with Corden’s Broadway Carpool Karaoke before the Tony’s (which Ellie and I watch from beginning to end while the house sleeps). The Hamilton soundtrack is the music of […]

On Motivational Quotes and a Surprising Teacher

This is a re-post of a guest post I wrote for Co-active Transforum. You can view the original post here. A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of spending several days with an extraordinarily wise teacher named Koan. This sage reminded me of lessons in leadership that I had forgotten. What’s unusual about this particular […]

How to Succeed in the Business of Coaching

This is a re-post of a guest post I wrote for Co-active Transforum. You can view the original post here. There are no fast-tracks and no short cuts. If you are going to be successful as a coach, you’re going to have to work for it. The path is different for everyone and what works […]

#32 on My Bucket List: Learn to Surf

This is a re-post of a guest post I wrote for Co-active Transforum. You can view the original post here. I wrote my first bucket list when I was 25. I kept it in the back of my journal like an expanding grocery list…except instead of things like apples and light bulbs, it included things […]

Born Leader

Most six year olds spend their time going to school and playing. When I was six, I was organizing a club of first graders who loved The Jackson 5, even though I didn’t particularly like The Jackson 5. The kids in my class had a need and I was there to help guide it. I’ve […]